WBD’s Gerhard Zeiler admits Sky deal will end ‘one day’ & talks up local programming

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)’s international chief Gerhard Zeiler has admitted the company will at some point end its output deal with Sky, while talking up the importance of local programming and investing in its UK production capability. WBD’s rich output deal across Europe, which hands Sky access to hits such as Succession and Game Of […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Picking apart Western Europe’s pay-TV & OTT markets

Western Europe’s pay-TV and OTT operators secured more than 300 million subscribers in 2021, with streaming fuelling a year-on-year uptick of 26 million customers overall. However, that only tells part of the story, as Omdia’s Rob Moyser, Tony Gunnarsson, Matt Evenson & Max Signorelli explain. Subscribers in Western Europe have been a key target for […]

Sky eyes extended HBO pact, unveils raft of comedy shorts

Sky expects to continue to work with HBO despite owner Warner Bros. Discovery’s planned roll-out of its new streamer in Europe, while the pay TV operator has also unveiled a raft of comedy shorts.  Sky has held a rich output deal with HBO for more than a decade, providing it with hit programming, including the recent […]

Apple TV+, BBCS, Disney & ITVS link on Equity’s workplace guidelines

Apple TV+, the BBC, Disney and ITV Studios (ITVS) are among a swathe of companies to have signed up to a new commitment aimed at cutting out bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour in TV. The statement comes via UK union Equity and brings together 21 major organisations in the TV industry, both in the UK […]

Sky drama ‘This England’ sells into 88 territories, incl Oz, Spain & Nordics

BBC First in Australia, Movistar+ in Spain and Viaplay are among buyers in almost 90 countries to have picked up This England, the Michael Winterbottom-penned drama starring Kenneth Branagh as UK prime minister Boris Johnson. The drama will debut across Sky’s European territories on 21 September and will now also be available via M-Net in […]

Sky orders first commissions of scale from creator with Down Syndrome

Sky said it has become the first major UK broadcaster to commission projects of scale, written and directed by a person with Down Syndrome. The pay-TV giant has ordered two titles from writer and director Otto Baxter, who has Down Syndrome – The Puppet Asylum, a horror short, which has recently wrapped production, and its […]

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